TPS seniors learn about free rides to UT

September 25, 2009 | UToday
By Matt Lockwood

More than 140 students from Toledo Public Schools (TPS) currently are taking classes at The University of Toledo without paying tuition or general fees after receiving Blue and Gold Scholarships through the UT Guarantee Program.

On Friday, Sept. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union on UT’s Main Campus, more than 400 TPS seniors will learn about qualifying for this same opportunity.

TPS seniors with at least a 3.0 grade point average, or close to it, that also may qualify for a federal Pell Grant will be bused to UT from TPS high schools throughout the district for a half-day full of information and events with admission staff.

“Our students are very fortunate to have this opportunity before them,” said John Foley, TPS superintendent. “UT is a well-respected university that offers a wide array of options for its students. I’m hopeful that many more of our students will give strong consideration to UT when considering their higher-education options.”

Activities will include an opportunity for students to fill out an application to UT and meet with an admission counselor, a college fair with information about UT’s various academic programs, a panel discussion with current and former UT students from Toledo, and lunch.

“Many of the students who take advantage of the UT Guarantee will be the first person in their family to attend college,” said Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs and interim vice president for equity and diversity. “We believe this is a program that over time will change the lives of young people for generations to come.”

The eligibility requirements for a Blue and Gold Scholarship are:

• Apply for admission by April 1, 2010;

• File Free Application for Federal Student Aid by April 1, 2010;

• Display any eligibility for a Pell Grant; and

• Minimum high school GPA of 3.0.

“Blue and Gold Scholarships are about more than just increasing enrollment and spreading the UT name,” Burns said. “The program is mission-driven in that it helps us improve the human condition.”

The UT Guarantee Program is good for all four years of school as long as its recipients maintain a 3.0 GPA, complete 30 credit hours each school year, and file a FAFSA annually.

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